Quantum of Solace
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this James Bond game contains much of the same content as the films it's based upon -- including gunplay, mild language, and alcohol references. Some parents, however, might deem in less appropriate since players actually pull the trigger and use fists against enemies as opposed to watching the hero do it onscreen. Plus, it's recommended to shoot at an enemy's head to take him down quietly opposed to running and gunning noisily.
What's it about?
The latest movie-to-game adaptation? Bond. James Bond. Based on the movie of the same name, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, as well as the prior 007 flick, Casino Royale, this covert spy game lets players slip into the shoes of James Bond and use stealth and cunning to take down enemies with high-tech weaponry or hand-to-hand combat.
The relatively short single-player campaign (lasting only about 4 to 5 hours) has gamers navigate through dangerous locations based on (or inspired by) these films primarily from a first-person perspective (like the 007: Goldeneye game on the Nintendo 64). When taking cover behind an object, however, the camera pulls out to a third-person view to better see the environment including the thugs firing at you. Your pistol, with silencer, will get the most action in this game, and if you want to minimize your chances of being detected, you'll aim for a bullet to the head of your enemies, disable security cameras, and find important items. Along with the solo mode are a handful of multiplayer options with unique maps that add to the game's longevity and replayability.
Is it any good?
Quantum of Solace is a very good "B" title that's definitely worth a weekend rental if you're a fan of James Bond or stealthy action games. It looks great, thanks to the renowned Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare engine, delivering high-definition characters that resemble Daniel Craig and Dame Judy Dench (and impressive cut-scene sequences) as well as good-looking environments, such as trains, Venetian courtyards, rooftops and a museum.
Quantum of Solace doesn't really offer anything new to the genre, plus the short single-player campaign might disappoint those looking for something meatier, but the faithful 007 experience with recognizable characters and locations and many multiplayer modes make it a worthy adventure.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about whether releasing this game at the same time as Quantum of Solace movie comes out is shameless, well-timed marketing or is it fulfilling fans' desire to play as James Bond? Perhaps a little of both?